Share, , , Google Plus, Reddit, Pinterest, StumbleUpon


Posted in:

Iron Tail Tavern is a Class Act

Since announcing the opening of Iron Tail Tavern, before the start of the pandemic, restaurateurs Jacqueline and Jon DiBernardo have been preparing for the day when the tavern would be firing on all cylinders. From the looks of it, that day has finally arrived.

The DiBernardos held the grand opening for Iron Tail yesterday. A couple of us stopped in to wish them well, and to see how things were coming along. 

First off, I must say that the place looks dynamite. It’s a super addition to Elmwood Avenue. From the street, the glass frontage is very appealing. It’s like peering into a giant fishbowl. The bar is the perfect place to ‘see and be seen.’

I was happy to find that the lighting was very tasteful throughout the restaurant. I was also pleasantly surprised when our bartender actually lit a real candle and placed it in front of us. There are very few places that I can recall that actually put tea candles on the bar, or on dining tables for that matter. It’s such a nice touch, especially in a classic setting like Iron Tail.

Speaking of classic, the cocktail menu features the who’s who of the classics, including a Manhattan, sidecar, sazerac, rusty nail, mules, mai tai, and negroni.

While we stuck with a nice little bottle of wine, I am excited to go back again and imbibe in a couple of the cocktail creations. As we sipped the wine, we noticed that it was easy to view liquor selection, but the back bar coolers did not have clear glass doors, so it was tough to see what was hiding inside. These days, we’re so accustomed to seeing all of the different varieties of canned and bottle beer, cider, and seltzer offerings… and my friend made a good point that it helps the bartenders to know where everything is located and what needs to be stocked. On the other hand, some might argue that having opaque cooler doors is actually a classier look. It was more of an observation than a complaint.

Iron Tail was an Oglala Lakota Chief and a star performer with Buffalo Bill‘s Wild West – his distinctive profile was on the Buffalo nickel or Indian Head nickel, from 1913 to 1938.

As for the food, we did not eat, but we did check out the very seasonal menu, which listed, among other items, butternut squash soup, mulligatawny soup, acorn squash salad, diver scallops, raw oysters, rainbow quinoa (vegan), short ribs, and a house made pasta. There were three locally sourced desserts as well: Overwinter coffee cheesecake, Lavocat’s garden apple pie, and local pumpkin pie.

I found it refreshing that at the bottom of the menu, the following three farms were mentioned: Yager Farms, Draudt’s Farm, and Lavocat’s Garden. Once again, it’s the addition of a detail like this makes for a more enjoyable, and informative, dining experience. After all, why not give some credit to these amazing WNY farm resources?

The simple elegant decor at Iron Tail Tavern is captivating, if not cosmopolitan. There are no frills, just contemporary splashes of art, a subdued color palette, and mainly indirect lighting. Obviously, this is not Jacqueline and Jon’s first rodeo – Jacqueline also owns Water Street Landing and The Delaware (in Tonawanda), and is the official owner of Iron Tail. Jon’s past restaurant ventures include Le Metro on Elmwood Avenue. Speaking with Jon, can hear it in his voice and see it in his eyes, that he’s over the moon about being back on the street.

Iron Tail Tavern | 802 Elmwood Avenue | Buffalo, NY 14222 | (716) 815-2345 | Facebook

Monday Dinner (industry night)
Thur Dinner
Fri Dinner
Sat Dinner
Sun Brunch

Dinner is at 5pm. Bar opens at 4 pm. Expanding hours as they progress.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

Contact Newell Nussbaumer |

View All Articles by queenseyes
Hide Comments
Show Comments